Ever come across a product you could love in every way but one? I just came across it.
I love the Anna Sui Lip Gloss in both C (Clear) and R (Rich). I love how shiny they look on the lips. I love how the colour surprises me at every turn. I love how they apply and I love the packaging.
However, I do not love the scent.
Anna Sui products have her signature rose scent in everything. I have found products in the line to love but I would love them so much better if they did not have that powdery scent. But then there are people who love the scent so its pretty much individualistic. The saving grace is that the scent isn’t terribly strong in this new range of lipglosses, and they dissipate.
Anna Sui has revamped the lipgloss collection in their Spring 2011 release, with the introduction of new textures, colour and packaging. You really can’t beat Anna Sui for their packaging. Every little detail has been thought of, including how the cap forms the shape of a heart when viewed from above – see above 😉
There are 2 new textures – Anna Sui Lip Gloss C (Clear) for a clear highly reflective gloss and Lip Gloss R (Rich) for rich pigment with high shine. The swatches above give you an idea of just how clear and rich the colours are when applied. Let’s take a look at 2 colours I was sent – Lip Gloss C #300 Pink Diamond and Lip Gloss R #550 Spicy Brown.
Anna Sui Lip Gloss C #300 Pink Diamond
The Clear version comes in a purple box and #300 Pink Diamond in the tube is an adorable pink with glitter suspended in it. Its a very very pretty colour in the tube. However, bearing in mind that this is a Lip Gloss C (Clear), the texture is sheer. Highly glossy but sheer. The glitter doesn’t show up on the lips though, which is a good or bad thing, depending on how you like it 🙂
On my lips, there is just a hint of pink and a lot of shine. Its a great gloss to wear when you play up your eyes, or when you just don’t really want to bother. I like the subtle sweet look it imparts which friends will tell you not to believe. I’m not all sweetness and light 😛
Anna Sui Lip Gloss R (Rich) #550 Spicy Brown
The rich version comes in a red box and #550 Spicy Brown is just that. A shimmery brown. I was afraid of it. How does one wear brown on the lips? I rarely do. But I was game to give it a go. The colour in this one is more pigmented and there was more shimmer and less gloss. I felt that this one was the anti-thesis to Pink Diamond. If Pink Diamond was sweetness and light, Spicy Brown had an edge.
Interestingly, on my lips, it took on a slight red tint which tempered the brown somewhat and made it wearable. I was pleasantly surprised! I found myself quite liking this shade. The texture is less thick compared to the Clear gloss, and felt a little drier, perhaps because it was more pigmented. Being more pigmented, this one lasted on my lips longer than Lip Gloss C did.
Pros: Colour in Lip Gloss R is strong with shimmer, Lip Gloss C has lovely high shine, Not Drying on my lips, Applies easily, Lasts relatively long through morning coffee and water at least
Cons: Strong rose scent 🙁
The rose scent, as I’ve noted, isn’t as strong as in some of the other products. It also dissipates and after a while I no longer notice it. If you are very sensitive to scent, please take a look and sniff at the counter before plonking money down for these very pretty glosses. I don’t find them particularly pricey for a department store brand, and the colours are really pretty!
Does either gloss tickle your fancy? Might you want to check the other colours out? There are quite a lot and they are really pretty! I would, if only I could get over the scent.
How do you feel about scent in lip products? I prefer my lip products to be unscented or if scented, that it dissipates quickly or isn’t too strong.
Anna Sui Lip Gloss C comes in 15 shades and Lip Gloss R comes in 8 shades and both retail at RM75 each at all Anna Sui counters